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  • How “all kids” is the current LAUSD?

    October 26, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    In decrying the recently leaked memo outlining a plan to create more high-quality public charter schools in our city, LAUSD School Board President Steve Zimmer said: “This is not an all-kids plan or an all-kids strategy…it’s very explicitly a some-kids strategy, a strategy that...

  • Paris calls public school map showing Israel as ‘Palestine’ a ‘production error’

    September 29, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Responding to parents who complained about the distribution at public schools of a map which labeled Israel as “Palestine,” the City of Paris said it was the result of “a simple production error.”

    The city’s media department gave the explanation in a statement it published Friday...

  • Why some public school parents are switching to Jewish day schools

    August 28, 2015 | 1:28 pm

    When Ali Martell’s eldest daughter reached school age, Martell and her husband both assumed she’d go to a Jewish day school, as they had.

    And for a while, she did. But after the couple’s two younger children started school, too, the Martells began to feel overburdened by tuition....

  • A principal’s speech

    By Dennis Prager

    July 2, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Three years ago, I wrote a version of this column. Because it went viral — often listing me as the high school principal who actually gave this speech! — I am revising it and publishing it here. I believe that if every school principal gave this speech, America would be a better...

  • Jewish school lunch may be a mixed bag, but public school lunch is no picnic, either

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 14, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    As anyone who read the article in this week’s issue of The Journal about the dearth of healthy, hot and kosher lunches in Los Angeles Jewish schools learned, bringing a bagged lunch is probably the healthiest and best thing a parent can do for their children at lunchtime.


  • Will recession fuel a return to public schools?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 23, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    Throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District, the recession is prompting middle-class parents to take a look at public middle and high schools they have long disdained. Private schools are just too expensive for many people.

    A large number of Jews, whose heritage and culture...

  • City Voice: Keep education in the spotlight

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    After visiting a Los Angeles public charter high school where mostly poor and working-class young people receive an education, I went home and turned on the Democratic presidential debate and saw that the subject of public schools was hardly mentioned.

    I wasn't surprised. Although...

  • Can Pasadena become a ‘city of justice?’

    By Peter Dreier

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I sometimes wonder what the Prophet Isaiah would think about Pasadena.

    It was Isaiah whose words we just read this past Yom Kippur.

    God, speaking through Isaiah, says, "Do you think the fast that I demand this day is to bow down your head like a bulrush? No! The fast I demand is...

  • Hebrew at Florida charter school approved, challenges remain

    By Larry Luxner

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 7:55 a.m., and parents are dropping off their kids in front of the Ben Gamla Charter School along busy Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Fla. Amid a noisy melange of languages -- English, Spanish, Hebrew, French and Russian -- the uniformed children say their goodbyes and...
  • Jewish-oriented charter school in Florida to open amid controversy

    By Larry Luxner

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Margaret Schorr, a marketing and public relations consultant, wanted her 5-year-old daughter, Hannah, to learn Hebrew, but she wasn't willing to pay the $8,000 to $13,000 annual tuition that Jewish day schools in south Florida typically charge for kindergarten.

    For attorney David...

  • Mere Humans

    By Rob Eshman

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the space below, list all patents you have received in the past four years:


    Nothing? Not even one lousy invention?

    And you expect to get into college?

    No kidding, my niece, Lesley, came upon this question on the 2007 entrance application to the Massachusetts...
  • Need for good schools should unite Jews and Latinos

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    We're in the middle of one of America's greatest ethnic transformations, the winning of political, cultural and economic power in Los Angeles by men and women whose roots are in Mexico and other countries south of the border. But many of us whose ancestors immigrated here decades ago...
  • L.A. Hebrew High Marks 20-Year Peak

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    On the first rainless Sunday morning in weeks, hundreds of Los Angeles teens have forfeited the chance to soak up the sun and opted to learn instead. In one classroom, a group analyzes the Jewish subplot in an episode of "Jack & Bobby," while down the hall others struggle over the...

  • Paying Kids to Read

    By Jane Ulman

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Pay me to read? That would be awesome," my son Jeremy says.

    Not only is he perpetually in debt, but he was also faced with a formidable list of books to read before beginning sixth grade at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge on Sept. 5.

    "But it would be wrong," he...

  • Reviving a Public School

    By Beverly Gray

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Four years ago, when Robyn Ritter Simon's eldest son was ready to start kindergarten, she looked at her local public school and found it lacking. It was not that Canfield Elementary School fell short academically. The Simons live in a West Los Angeles neighborhood that is heavily...
  • The Hart of the Matter

    By Beverly Gray

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The subject arose over dinner in a neighborhood restaurant. Have you heard, asked a friend who's generally up on current affairs, that the new governor wants to open the University of California system to the top 4 percent of every high school graduating class? The implications...